Around Town | (Video) Tourists, Locals Prompt Closing of Vasquez Canyon Road
Vasquez Canyon Road was fenced up after dozens of tourists, locals and skateboarders showed up to witness what nature has done to the decades old street.
The road was closed off to traffic last week when a slow moving landslide caused the pavement to buckle and move about 15 feet.
Geologists and Steven Frasher, PIO for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, still don’t have an official answer as to why the hill collapsed, but say that “some linkage to water is plausible, but evidence is not sufficient enough to conclude that based on what has been found so far.”
They believe water may have seeped into the ground and weakened the soil.
“Water could be a cause, but the October storms didn’t drop that much water in that area,” said Frasher. “Some storms in July did, but the soil that geologists have been looking at has been bone dry.”
The road has now been fenced off and no trespassing signs have been put up in an attempt to ward off any skateboarders, tourists and locals which have been climbing on what is now a hill.
Video by Jessica Boyer, Taylor Villanueva and Halie Cook
Article by Halie Cook(c) SCVTV 2015